“The Bible tells us how to go to heaven and not how the heavens go” said natural philosopher Galileo borrowing the words from Cardinal Cesare Baronio. But since the beginning of the Christian church, the age of this planet has been a matter of disagreement, or sometimes, actual dissension among both clerics and clergy.

A recent Gallup Poll found that about 38 percent of respondents say God created man in his present form. That’s the lowest figure in the 35 years that the survey has been conducted. The same percentage of folks believe that humans have evolved, but that God guided the process. This second theory is called theistic evolution. It requires a very old earth.

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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